At least 70 transformers were stolen from 35 villages between November 2018 and November 2019
Palli Bidyut consumers have been facing power outages and financial losses during the reinstallation of transformers, as they had been stolen a number of times in the last one year in Kamalganj upazila of Moulvibazar.
According to Palli Bidyut Samity (PBS) statistics, at least 70 transformers were stolen from 35 villages between November 2018 and November 2019.
There are almost 95,000 consumers in around 350 villages of Kulaura and Kamalganj upazilas of Moulvibazar who are connected to a 2400km long electricity line under the Kamalganj PBS zonal office's authority.
Consumer sources say the valuable bronze wiring in the transformers are the reason behind the burglaries in their area.
According to PBS regulations, the concerned consumers of a stolen transformer have to pay half the cost of transformer reinstallation. In the last one year, consumers had to pay Tk22 lakh for their half and PBS paid TK20 lakh for the reinstallation of 70 stolen transformers.
On December 20, two transformers were stolen from Kanaidasi village and three transformers were stolen from Sreepur village in Kamalganj's Islampur union.
Confirming this news, AGM Obaidul Haque of the Kamalganj PBS zonal office said: "We have filed a case in this connection with Kamalganj police station."
Kamalganj PBS zonal office's Assistant Engineer Rafiqul Islam said: "The transformer stealing incidents have increased recently which is causing our consumers to suffer. We have organized several campaigns to raise awareness on this issue in the affected areas. We have distributed leaflets and started tying up the transformers with wrought iron chains to prevent stealing."
Kamalganj police station OC Arifur Rahman said: "In the past we have arrested people involved in transformer stealing. We are looking into the recent complaints and hope to nab the miscreants very soon."